Gunmen believed to be affiliated with one of Mexico’s drug cartels carried out a brazen kidnapping of four Americans on a crowded street in the border town of Matamoros. Two were killed at the scene. The two who were abducted, one of whom was wounded during the kidnapping, are now back in the United States.
😥..I can’t believe this sh!t !
Kidnap n murder Caught on camera!
(4 Americans from South Carolina violently kidnapped, 2 of them murdered as they all accompanied their friend to Matamoros, Mexico to get a tummy tuck)
— 4ortunefame💰✨👑✨💰 (@4ortunefame) March 7, 2023
See RedState’s coverage of this tragedy at 4 Americans Kidnapped at Gunpoint in Matamoros, Mexico, and BREAKING: Americans Kidnapped in Mexico Found – 2 Are Dead, 1 Is Wounded.
We are happy that these Americans are back home, and we mourn the loss of two of our fellow citizens in a senseless crime that seems to have been a case of mistaken identity. But, in the immortal words of Obama éminence grise Rahm Emanuel, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Mexico is rapidly approaching the status of a failed state. Endemic corruption — that exemplar of a corrupt government so beloved of isolationists and vatnks alike, Ukraine, is significantly less corrupt than Mexico — and institutionalized income and social equality combined with one of the world’s best locations for the manufacture and distribution of narcotics have resulted in the government controlling perhaps as little as a fifth of the country. Government officials, at all levels, are intimidated into cooperation or bought outright. The police and military are frequently outnumbered, outgunned, and subject to bribes and threats.
The lawlessness has inhibited investment in Mexico and greatly exacerbated the illegal immigration crisis on the border. In fact, some have called for military intervention in Mexico to crush the cartels.
"Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) and Michael Waltz (R., Fla.) have proposed a joint resolution giving the president authority to use the U.S. military against these cartels in Mexico. This is a necessary step and puts the focus where it must be".
— Carlos Bravo Regidor (@carlosbravoreg) March 4, 2023
Neoconservative Republican Senator Lindsey Graham wants to introduce legislation so the US military can invade Mexico.
As the US empire declines, it gets crazier and crazier https://t.co/loQnqOdcDP
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 8, 2023
Beyond the call for military intervention, some Republicans are laying the blame for border lawlessness on Joe Biden.
Joe Biden has handed over operational control of our border to the cartels, & Americans are dying. https://t.co/7Z0KPrc4fa
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) March 8, 2023
The only thing worse than Biden allowing 72,000 Americans to die from fentanyl, cartels to be empowered enough to run Mexico and kill Americans, humans being sold into sex trafficking… is… the fact Republicans refuse to stop it. #StandUpForAmerica https://t.co/PVICti3wVF
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) March 7, 2023
Two other things also leap out at you. The first is that the familiar mouthpieces of the Democrat establishment are asserting without evidence that Joe Biden is not to blame for the Matamoros killings and kidnappings.
BREAKING: 2 of the Americans kidnapped in Matamoros, Mexico have been found dead.
First I want to say, this never should have happened, and prayers go out to the families of those involved.
The right wing is already somehow attacking Biden over this. Here are the FACTS:
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 7, 2023
At about the same time, the anti-gun and anti-freedom group “Newtown Action Alliance” put out this.
Thousands of U.S. weapons are smuggled across the border into Mexico every year arming the drug cartels that supply fentanyl to the U.S.
— Newtown Action Alliance (@NewtownAction) March 6, 2023
Let’s take a quick look back in history to Operation Fast and Furious. This was a scheme hatched under the Obama administration to allow “straw buyers” to purchase firearms in the US, knowing that the buyers would sell them to Mexican cartels. The idea was that arrests of cartel members would show a large number of weapons purchased in the US. This data could then be used to justify stricter regulation of gun purchases. The ATF, being the goobers they are, lost track of the guns. The whole scheme came to light when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by someone using one of these Fast and Furious guns, and law enforcement members told members of Congress.
Just a week ago, Biden promised to ban “assault weapon,” “come Hell or high water.” It is simply inconceivable that the murder and kidnapping of Americans in Matamoros will not find its way into that campaign. Guns will be to blame for the lawless border area, not the drug trade. The solution will be a push to limit the ability of Americans to own firearms, and it will not involve anything that will slow down the flow of drugs and fentanyl across the border. The government wants you disarmed, and as they’ve shown repeatedly, they don’t care if you die.